Pinocchio 2017 Pantomime


Writer / Director Janice Honeyman first adapted the story of Pinocchio into a pantomime in 2009. The annual festive season show at Joburg Theatre that year proved to be the most successful panto in the history of Janice’s thirty-year Joburg tradition.

It was inevitable that producers Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay would persuade Janice to re-stage this pantomime as soon as it could be scheduled into the theatre’s programming. Janice Honeyman’s Pinocchio, starring Tobie Cronjé and André Schwartz, opens on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre on November 12th 2017, with over 30,000 tickets already sold!


Pinocchio is a fictional character and the protagonist of the 1883 children’s novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a village near Florence, Pinocchio was created as a wooden puppet but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He lies often and is known for having a short nose that becomes longer when he is under stress, especially while lying. The main imperatives demanded of Pinocchio are to work, be good and study. And in the end Pinocchio’s willingness to provide for his father, Geppetto, and devote himself to these things transforms him into a real boy with modern comforts.

Pinocchio is a cultural icon. As one of the most reimagined characters in children’s literature, his story has been adapted very many times into other media. It seems like this much loved creation will continue to shine bright in pantomime and elsewhere well beyond the 21st Century.

Pinocchio opens at the Joburg Theatre on November 12th 2017 and continues its 72-performance season until December 30th.



To purchase tickets, visit or call 0861 670 670. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Joburg Theatre box office or by booking and paying via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores.